We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good, solid family entertainment” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Madejski Stadium

Madejski Stadium
Bennett Road, Reading RG2 0FL, England
0118 968 1100
Improve this listing
Ranked #10 of 32 Attractions in Reading
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Theaters & Stadiums
Attraction details
Dongguan, China
Top Contributor
176 reviews 176 reviews
29 attraction reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
267 helpful votes 267 helpful votes
“Good, solid family entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The Mad Stad remains fresh and modern, the food prices are not ridiculous, access is reasonably good and facilities in the adjacent hotel are top class. A good day out

Visited February 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

102 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    38
    50
    8
    4
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“easy access for disabled”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

saw Elton John and Lulu in concert, brilliant venue for concerts,and facilities for disabled are all nearby seating or wheelchair area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reading, UK
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
49 attraction reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
“Well organised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

I've visited the Madejski several times over recent months to watch the football.

The facilities are generally very good here although the catering for the punters in the stands leaves a bit to be desired. Crappy Pukka pies, over priced pizzas and dodgy hot dogs aside you can get a good pint here although other food options such as nachos, sandwiches etc would be appreciated. The choice of beers and wine isn't excellent but for a football match it is more than passable.

On a football match day the local bus company provides several routes all around the town to get here. However, if you want to travel from the town centre the buses run frequently and a return only costs £4. It will take roughly 10 minutes, traffic permitting, to travel from the town centre to the stadium.

The queue for buses back to the town centre at the end of a match is a nightmare. It seems never ending but does move relatively quickly! There seems to be a multitude of buses to the town centre although I'm not so sure if this applies should you be going straight to the suburbs.

I don't drive so can't comment on the parking facilities. However, events at the Madejski always seem to be well organised although the return journey tends to be chaos!

Visited December 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dorchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Premiership football in the community”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Attended the Sunderland match on 2 February. Good family atmosphere reasonably well attended and a good level of vocal support for the Royals. Access to the ground is good and there is plenty of 'match day' parking within 10 minutes of the ground. I paid £8 in a safe and well marshalled company car park. The facilities are excellent, clean well maintained toilets, good food and drink outlets and screens to watch other matches before the game. Come on you 'R's!!! By the way, Reading won 2 - 1.

Visited February 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
292 reviews 292 reviews
65 attraction reviews
Reviews in 105 cities Reviews in 105 cities
653 helpful votes 653 helpful votes
“A Good Day Out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The Madejski is a fantastic medium sized stadium with superb sightlines from every part of the ground. I was fortunate enough to be invited to enjoy some Corporate hospitality at a recent Reading match and a very pleasant day it was. The lounge we were in was well appointed and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It was possible to watch the match from inside the lounge rather than brave the elements for those who wished to do so.

Only a couple of minor quibbles :

- for the price being paid for this entertainment I would have expected waitress service for the main course rather than having to queue like in a canteen ( although the food was admittedly very tasty ).

- the FA rules apparently restrict the sale of alcohol between 15 minutes before kick-off and 15 minutes after the final whistle in all areas with a view of the pitch. However, there is a bar not facing the pitch where you can get a drink !

- knowing the Madejski had a bit of reputation for traffic congestion after matches, we stayed behind for one drink before attempting to leave. However, the queue to leave the stadium car park was still stationary by the time we got to our car, and it was over an hour after the end of the match before we were finally were able to leave the Madejski complex

Overall though it was a good day out and I would go back again ( if someone else was paying ! )

Visited December 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Madejski Stadium also viewed

 
Reading, Berkshire
Reading, Berkshire
 

Been to Madejski Stadium? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Madejski Stadium, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.